Youth Climate Action Council

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The City of Boise is taking bold steps to address climate change and is bringing youth leaders to the table to drive climate solutions. The Youth Climate Action Council is made up of students from across the city to represent new voices and spark local action.

The youth council members are working alongside city staff to imagine, strategize and complete the design and building of projects and actions that will tangibly impact Boise. The youth council is collaborating on efforts to combat climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop public art and create community education and engagement.

The city is committed to ensuring that Boise is adaptable in the face of climate change. It is critical that the city works together to reduce climate impacts, build a robust climate economy and craft community-based solution. City staff helps coordinate the council and equips them with the tools they need for success.

Interested in joining next year's council?

The Youth Climate Action Council is the next generation of climate leaders. Climate change is not a science challenge for the next generation, it’s a community-wide challenge to act on now. Each council member acts as a liaison for their schools, collaborating with fellow students on the work we do.

Co-Chairs

Co-chairs lead the youth council in climate action with a behind-the-scenes experience in local climate action planning.

John Harris − Council Co-chair
Capital High School

Abby Gnojewski − Council Co-chair
Timberline High School

John Harris - Council Co-chair
John Harris - Council Co-chair
Abby Gnojewski - Council Co-chair
Abby Gnojewski - Council Co-chair
Youth Action Council on Garden planting day
From left: John Harris, Jayden Rehwalt, Alekya Tanikella, Skylar Barzee, Abby Gnojewski

Council Members

The City of Boise selected students with diverse perspectives who are passionate about climate action in their community.

Alekya Tanikella – Council member  
Capital High School

Alexandria Combo – Council member
Timberline High School

Asha Muhingi – Council member  
Capital High School

Jessi Abraham – Council member  
Timberline High School

Hailey Clark – Council member  
Bishop Kelly High School

Jayden Rehwalt – Council member  
Centennial High School

Mackenzie Link – Council member  
One Stone

Maya Mazariegos – Council member  
Borah High School

Myrie Murphy – Council member  
Boise High School

Skyler Barzee – Council member  
Idaho Virtual Academy

Current Projects

Girl standing next to her artwork depicting a deer and a tree before and after a forest fire.
Artwork by Alekya Tanikella

Climate Stories

What is a Climate Story?

Climate Stories are a way of sharing your personal connection to climate change and its impact. The arts can release climate anxiety and empower voices. Climate stories inspire people to approach climate change in a hopeful way and identify changes they can make locally to take action.

The Youth Climate Action Council created short stories, poems, and artwork that depicts their connection to climate change happening here and now in Boise. These stories are what inspire the youth council to find climate solutions.

Group of students planting things in a garden

Carbon Sequestration Garden

Opening Spring 2022
The 2021 Youth Climate Action Council planted the first-ever Carbon Sequestration Garden at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. The garden was planted to create an educational space for the community to learn about how we can use plants to help combat climate change locally.

What is Carbon Sequestration?

Carbon sequestration is the process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is captured from the environment and stored by trees, shrubs, and other plants through photosynthesis. This process helps offset excess sources of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from human activities like burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and wildfires.

All plants have carbon sequestering properties, so anyone can create a carbon sequestration garden! The council chose to use Idaho native plants to highlight the beauty and diversity of plants that naturally grow in our state. Native plants also help conserve water and promote local pollinator populations.

Visit the Foothills Learning Center to learn more.

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